PHILADELPHIA – Can leading the major leagues in savings thrown in as a reliever have a stronger season?
Success is defined in different ways, especially for reliefs, and it is difficult to reduce the numbers of Edwin Diaz for the Mets. Of those, the best strikeouts for nine innings in the 1.80 era and MLP at 18.9 were in Wednesday entry. But then he blew four saves in seven attempts.
Before we face the Mets Bliss at Citizens Bank Park, we won two games and lost two, ”Dias said through a translator. “So what I’m trying to do is help the team stay in the game so they can win that game and then eventually help them get the playoffs on the road.”
It wasn’t like Diaz’s disastrous first season with the Mets, in which he surrendered 15 homers in 58 innings and went into the 5.59 era. Diaz returned home to Puerto Rico, determined to make progress in the last office, and won.
Overall, he was a strong link in a bulwark that lost Seth Lugo last month to fill a void in the opening cycle. But that didn’t help Diaz’s reason that there was a meltdown of his at Yankee Stadium in the subway series. Since allowing that forward Homer to Aaron Hicks, the right-handed player has made six appearances without allowing a run, entering Wednesday.
He was asked if there was anything to the idea that playing in the ballparks, which have no fans this season, helped reduce stress and thrive.
“I don’t think it was like that,” Diaz said. “As professional athletes we expect to have fans in the ballpark, which is what prepares us. This season – I know last season didn’t go the way I wanted – I prepared myself even harder and with the expectation that there will be fans on the ballpark.
“If we had fans this year, the results would be the same as I am now because I do a lot of work for these results.”
Diaz may have had a turning point after an impressive performance against the Red Sox at the start of the season. Dias, who has not played in five days, told manager Louis Rojas he needed frequent work. Rojas has been stuck on the table pitching Diaz every day, mostly until this last week. He didn’t play for almost a week when Diaz entered Tuesday’s game.
But Diaz, who hit the side in his innings against the Pillies, said he was sharp by throwing his fullbence like a game situation.
“[Diaz] He worked hard to get to this point, ”Rojas said. “His level of confidence is really high. He fits things. We’ve always heard that his stuff is electric. That was a game. [against Boston] He was so passionate about it when he performed, he didn’t get strike calls. Strange things were going on and I thought things would go a little faster for him, but I think this guy did a great job of fixing it coming back.
“There’s one thing he told us, and that was, ‘I want to dance more.’ Sometimes there is a specific situation when you are used in an intimate role where you did not come in four or five days in a row and it happened to him.He told us how well we use him, we challenged him, he was going to use him before, when he came in different situations , He showed up every time. ”